Weisman Prefers Watching Hockey to NFL Draft
IOWA CITY, Iowa – One of the most important stretches in Mark Weisman’s life culminates next week when the NFL holds its annual draft. The former Iowa running back says he won’t be in front of the TV for it.
"I’m going to go home. Hopefully there’s a Blackhawks game on or watch something else. I’m not going to watch it," he said.
The Chicago native, who projects at fullback in the NFL, created noise with a standout Pro Day last month. It included him running a 4.6-second, 40-yard dash.
"I thought it was going to be somewhere around there," he said. "I was hoping a little less but it was still good. It was a good day; definitely a good day."
While he didn’t surprise himself with his 40 time, the pro scouts took notice.
"I don’t know how much I was on anyone’s radar before that. More teams have talked to me since then. It’s been good. I have no clue what’s going to go on during the draft. I just want an opportunity. That’s all I can ask for," he said.
Alabama’s Jalston Fowler is the consensus top-ranked fullback in the draft. He’s projected to go at the back end of the selection process. CBS Sports ranks Weisman as the No. 6 player at the position and predicted to go either in the 7th round or as a free agent.
Weisman signed with Cleveland-based agent Neil Cornrich, who also represents Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz. He advised Weisman not to talk publicly about teams with whom he’s spoken.
Weisman rushed 599 times for 2,602 yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground, which ranks third on Iowa’s all-time list. He finished fourth in career attempts, sixth in rushing yards and 10th in career scoring (198 points, one receiving TD).
Weisman walked on at Iowa after spending one year at Air Force. He entered the depth chart as a fullback and switched to running back when injuries hit the team in 2012.
Weisman played in the 230-235 weight range the last three years. He said he’s consistently over 240 these days.